A race in Warner Park Saturday will benefit survivors of domestic violence.
The Race for Smiles 5K run/walk will benefit the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation's Give Back a Smile program. A portion of attendees' registration fees will also support Madison Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.
The Give Back a Smile program restores damaged smiles of survivors of domestic violence and related dental injuries, said a press release. The program has restored more than 1,200 smiles nationwide.
According to AACDCF, one in four women experience domestic violence, and 75 percent of battering occurs to the head and face, resulting in dental injuries.
“With the help of our volunteer dentists, and supporters, we can restore the smiles of domestic violence survivors--which in turn restores their self-confidence, and ultimately changes their lives,” said Lisa Fitch, AACDCF director.